Ethelbert Childrens Services...

Specialist Residential, Fostering & Educational Services For London & the South East

...Where Every Child Has Mattered For More Than 40 Years

Holistic Care Services for Children & Young People

Ethelbert Childrens Services - Children's Homes and Fostering Services in Kent and London

Ethelbert Childrens Services is a family owned business that provides an extensive range of residential and fostering services, supported by specialist education provisions in our own registered schools and vocational centres.

Residential and Fostering ServicesKey to our success is our ability to provide adaptable, bespoke care and education packages specifically designed to meet and achieve a wide range of needs and outcomes.

The care requirements of looked after children are often prone to change; a typical example would be the need for a young person to progress from one of our fourteen children's homes to a more suitable placement within an ECS fostering setting. Our ability to facilitate the transition, whilst maintaining healthy attachments, therapeutic programmes and education placements, ensures the disruption and associated trauma can be closely managed and kept to an absolute minimum

It is the versatile approach outlined above, together with our commitment to balancing exemplary care standards with exceptional value for money, that has led to more than 70 local authorities choosing our services for over 1400 children and young people since our conception in 1972..... Read More

What Ofsted Say...

Fostering Services

"Children and Young People say they feel sage in their placements. They recognise and are proud of fundamental changes they make as a result of the care they receive"
...Ofsted - Good | September 2014

Harold House

"The warm, nurturing environment, underpinned by the high level of care allows young people to feel safe and secure. Although individually, young people pose challenges, this is a home where potential disruptive behaviour is dealt with proactively and sensitively"
...Ofsted - Outstanding | December 2014

Royal Oak House

"Relationships between the young people and staff are exceptionally positive. Staff demonstrate good role modelling which has a positive impact on the young people... Staff have high individual aspirations which are maintained throughout the daily living. Young people know what is expected and respond extremely well."
...Ofsted - Outstanding | December 2014

Strathaven House

"This home provides young people with an outstanding quality of care and outstanding outcomes... An Independent Reviewing Officer commented' the home gives [child] outstanding support to help them develop and mature as a young person'""
...Ofsted - Outstanding | February 2015



Interested in becoming a Residential Worker? Learning Support Assistant, Home Manager? Teacher?

You can be sure that a career with ECS is certain to be stimulating, challenging and very rewarding.

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Thinking About Fostering?

Foster Carer Recruitment


Are you considering becoming a foster carer, or are you an experienced carer and would like to find out more aout fostering with Ethelbert Childrens Services?

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Social Care Professionals

Social Care Professionals


Access to Vacancy Information, Ofsted Reports and Statements of Purpose for Social Workers, Placement Officers and Social Care Procurement Professionals.

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Residential Services

Hillview - A Close Spervision Children's Home Near Faversham in KentOver the last 32 years Ethelbert Childrens Services has acquired and sustained an enviable reputation in the delivery of quality child care, and it is on these foundations that the service has grown to include fourteen homes in its residential division. The majority of the homes are provisions for three children or young people, whereas others are sufficiently spacious to accommodate between four and nine residents.

The philosophy and culture across our homes focuses on basic family values and socially acceptable behaviours, within a structure of clear, well defined and consistent boundaries. Furthermore, each provision has an individual, clearly defined statement of purpose that serves to meet the needs of its particular client group, Fostering Servicesthereby enabling us to provide appropriate placements for a diverse range of needs and requirements... Read More

Fostering Services

With a stability rate of 97%, an extensive range of professional support services and more than sixty specialist carers across London, Kent, Essex and Sussex, Ethelbert Fostering Services are now recognised as one of the leading fostering agencies across the South East.

Ethelbert Fostering Services is a substantial and versatile provision that caters for solo placements, sibling groups, mother and baby, challenging behaviour and young people with a variety of special needs... Read More

Our Investment in People

Through our dedicated training and development centre we strive to develop our team members and assist them to reach their full potential

  • Traditional & 21st century electronic training resources
  • Professional in-house & external course programmes
  • CWDC induction with online assessment
  • NVQ accreditation at levels 3, 4 and 5
  • Management development programme
  • Intranet facility for online reference & learning support



Our comprehensive, DCFS registered, education provisions span the requirements of key stage 2, 3 and 4 pupils.

  • Junior school set in the grounds of mainstream provision enjoying broad integration package

  • Consistent and caring learning environments

  • Senior school providing GCSE, SATS, ASDAN and CLAIT

  • Equal Opportunities Promoted Throughout

  • Vocational centres working in partnership with local colleges


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